Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectively.
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Temple Run is a game developed and published by Imangi Studios. Well, it is basically an endless running game in which your main objective is to run as far as you can while avoiding all the obstacles that you will encounter along your way. You are taking a role of an explorer who have stolen an idol from a temple and is being chased by demonic monkeys. The game is highly embraced by critics and users and in fact, Imangi Studio has become more popular than Zynga (creators or Poker and other casual games like Farmville). Due to its popularity, Disney had teamed up with the Imangi to promote Brave (2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) (resulting to games like Temple Run : Brave and Temple Run : Oz respectively). A lot of games adapted the style of temple run including Temple Guns, Pyramid Run, and even the Subway Surfer.
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Yes, the most controversial mobile app today. Flappy Bird is one surprisingly successful mobile app developed by one of the most controversial game developer today ~ Dong Nguyen. The game is relatively new and is also notable for its very simple game play. It is a side scrolling and retro-inspired game that allows you to control a flying bird and your main objective is prevent it from touching any of the pipes along its way. The impact of the game is truly overwhelming and has become one of the most downloaded mobile app in both Android and iOs Charts. The Flappy Bird is supposedly a possible contender to Candy Crush and is touted as the next Angry Birds until Nguyen removed it from the app store for some unclear reasons. Due to its popularity, a lot of games with similar concept and gameplay were released.
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"PLANTS VS ZOMBIES"
A group of adorable plants against a horde of brain eating zombies? Who would have thought that this game will keep gamers awake at night just to finish the entire level? Unlike the rest of the games in this list, Plants Vs Zombies is initially released by PopCap games for Microsoft Windows but the iOs version was released a year after. It is very interesting to note that PvZ is a multi awarded game and has positively received by critics praising the game for its very unique and addictive concept. The game actually sold 300,000 copies for its first nine days on AppStore which made it the fastest selling video game created by PopCap and the Top grossing iPhone launch. Due to its popularity, the game has been adapted into several media franchises and has been parodied by many.
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"CANDY CRUSH SAGA"
Here comes another game that brought you a lot of sleepless nights. Probably the most successful game today. Candy Crush Saga is a game created by King and is a very simple match 3 puzzle game that works the same way with Bejeweled. The simplicity of the game made it very addictive and fun. The impact is very overwhelming, making Candy Crush Saga the second most downloaded Mobile game of all time. It has become one of the most played Games on Facebook surpassing another popular game from Zynga which is FarmVille 2. So far, the game has been installed 500 million times across Facebook, iOS and Android devices. Just like the rest of the games listed in this category, several mobile games were released that are patterned to Candy Crush Saga.
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Rovio Entertainment proved to us that a highly successful game doesn't have to be in 3D or with lavishly illustrated details and and what we need are group of wingless birds who are in rage to get their stolen eggs from the group of pigs. Angry Birds has been praised for its successful combination of addictive gameplay, comical style, and low price. If Candy Crush had 500 Million downloads, Angry Birds is way too far from such figure amounting to a very surprising 2 billion downloads, making it the highest downloaded mobile game of all time and the largest mobile app success that we have seen so far. Due to its popularity, the game has produced different installments (seasonal and promotional versions) and has been adapted to other franchise including an animated series and a full length film to be released in 2016.
Other notable Mobile Game app that are deserving to mentioned includes Minion Rush, Draw Something, Fruit Ninja, Smurf's Village, and more
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